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Seven-Hour Standoff with Armed Man Ends Peacefully

James Halterman | Crime | Arrests

Clearwater police said his wife called them because her husband had threatened to slit her throat and shoot her.

CLEARWATER – A Clearwater man is in jail after an armed standoff that lasted more than seven and a half hours ended peacefully, the Clearwater Police Department said.

No one was injured during the standoff.

James Raymond Halterman, 49, of Clearwater, is facing one charge each of Threatening Communications or Threats of Mass Shooting and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

“Our SWAT team and negotiator team worked tirelessly through the night to bring this incident to a peaceful conclusion,” Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter said. “This man pointed guns at our officers multiple times and threatened to kill them and his wife. We utilized an abundance of restraint, as team members are taught to do. Our teams are skilled at de-escalation and the preservation of life.”

Halterman’s wife called police shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 22) and said her husband had threatened to slit her throat and shoot her. In fear for her life. She had fled the home at the Standard Apartments, 2690 Drew St.

Halterman refused to come out of the apartment as requested by police officers. Instead, officers said, he barricaded himself inside the apartment with multiple weapons. At times, he pointed those weapons at officers who were outside the apartment.

“Come to my door and I will shoot you,” he said at one point in a text to officers.

The SWAT team and the negotiator team responded to the scene to begin a dialogue with Halterman. At the same time, officers evacuated residents in nearby apartments.

After more than seven and a half hours, at about 6:45 this morning (Aug. 23), police were able to take Halterman into custody.

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